Miss New Foodie 3/52 & 4/52

by Maggie Griffin

There's a whole-lotta yum happening around the Griffin house these days. This is the most fun project I have ever challenged myself with and I am so happy that I have stuck to it this first month! On week 3 of the year, my new ingredient was determined by what I was craving--Orange Chicken. I wanted to try and make this Chinese Take-Out staple myself and the ingredient list provided me with my new items. 

There are so many types of vinegar... Even at the end of this year, I'm not sure if I will be able to detect which one is used in different recipes and dressings, and to be honest, I'm not really sure that it matters...but I'm sure Gordon Ramsey and all the Masterchef Juniors would tell me otherwise. So far, I have bought Apple Cider Vinegar, White Wine Vinegar, Red White Vingera, and the Rice Vinegar above. Let me know if you use those in any of your favorite recipes/dressing recipes...and let me know if you can TRULY tell the difference. 

For the Orange Chicken, my new ingredients included Rice Vinegar and Sriracha Sauce. I found my recipe on Pinterest, of course. Try it yourself. That girl from 'Damn Delicious' never does me wrong. This was so yummy. Does this not look like restaurant (read: Panda Express) quality? 


I have been so thrilled about week 4's ingredient. I am not sure why I haven't tried this before, but I have now and my life is better for it. THE POMEGRANATE. Who knew seeds/arils could be this delicious? 

I did my research on this little guy. I found out the best way to de-seed it without making a mess, though I ended up doing that anyway. And the best recipe to use him in. Once again, I turned to my web-buddy, Pinterest to find a recipe suitable to my liking and to this ingredient's tastes. I found this Pomegranate Pear Salad with Creamy Pomegranate Recipe and knew that I had found a winner. 

I used 3 different pom products--the pom itself, pom greek yogurt, and pom juice. I also used Sweet Red Chili Sauce, another new ingredient, as part of the dressing. Whoa! This is a twofer post featuring two weeks where I featured two new ingredients-WOO!

I am still on pomegranate week...so, tell me....

how do you enjoy this amazing fruit??